Pakistanis Are Furious About These Kashmiris Being Beaten Up In India But Here’s How We’re Being Hypocritical

By Rameeza Ahmad | 7 Mar, 2019

How are we as Pakistanis any better at treating our minorities? 

The recent tensions between India and Pakistan have made things much uglier than usual. Bigotry is now taking place out in the open and even being encouraged on both sides of the border.

 

Since last night a video from India has gone viral where two Kashmiris are being beaten up by Indian men in Saffron Kurtas in the city of Lucknow.

The video is honestly hard to watch. The Kashmiri dry-fruit sellers minding their own business are punched, slapped and beaten with sticks. A few of those passing by come and try to protect them but the entire incident is sad to watch.

 

The men who attacked the Kashmiris were arrested and the victims thanked authorities for their action as well.

 

Of course, the clip made its way to our side of the border as well and people were quick to not just condemn the people in the video but call out Indians in general for their intolerant attitudes.

 

There were also those who appreciated the Indian man who came to the Kashmiris’ rescue and stopped those who were attacking them.

 

In situations such as these, it is important to remember that there is always good where this is bad

While the incident took place in India, not all Indians were cheering it on. And there were a lot of sane voices that condemned the act by the attackers.

But it’s really easy to see the worst in the others, especially with the current political climate.

 

As we condemn Indians for this attack on two innocent Kashmiri men, we should remember that things on our side of the border aren’t always peachy either.

The hate against minorities in Pakistan is worrisome; Ahmadis are not allowed in certain areas, Christians and Hindus are made targets and not respected as equal citizens.

The disgusting statement by now ex-Provincial Minister Fayaz Chohaan about Hindus is blatant proof that people in Pakistan can be just as intolerant of minority groups. It is important to keep in mind that there is good and bad on both sides of the border, using isolated incidents to show an entire nation as extremist does no one any good.

Information received on social media should always be taken with a pinch of salt; with the internet, anyone can post anything they want online which makes it hard to verify what is true and what’s not. Everything you read online should not be taken at face value, as an informed and responsible citizen, it is imperative that you verify all the facts before you tell spread the information further.

 

Even information received from news outlets should be viewed with a healthy amount of skepticism.

People are even calling out the Indian media for how they vilified Kashmiris and are now preaching against bigotry when they themselves played a big part in it.

In a time when bigotry is rife, it is important to keep our eyes and ears open to make sure the information you are further spreading is accurate.

What do you think about this entire episode? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Cover Image Source: @scribe_parshant/@msshaanshahid via Twitter.com

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